DeSmogBlog: Climate Denier Marc Morano Praises "George W. Obama" at COP17

marc-morano.jpg If the jury was still out on President Barack Obama's climate policy accolades (a huge "if"), consider the verdict now in, and from a surprising character at that: Marc Morano. Morano jubilantly referred to the President as "George W. Obama" in an interview with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman at COP17, stating:  They [the Obama administration] have kept the exact ...

Reflections on Copenhagen

Well in the late hours of last night the leaders finally came to an “agreement” that basically says a whole lot of nothing. It’s hard to come away from here thinking that the conference was anything other than a failure. It was very striking to me when I spoke to people and they found out ...

Disaster in Copenhagen

We’ve spend the day watching the live feed of negotiations from the Bella Center, and unless there is a big change in the next few hours then we will end up with a document that basically says everyone realizes that climate change is an important issue but no one is actually willing to do something ...

Live From Copenhagen Archive

Since today is a slow day for me, I decided to create a list of all my post from Copenhagen in one spot in case you’ve missed a post and are interested in following my coverage. I’ll update this list with any posts I make after this point.In chronological order:Live From CopenhagenA Failure in OrganisationLive ...

Recap of Day Three

Well my day today again started fairly early with a line up at 7:30 to get into the Bella Center, fortunately today the line actually moved so I was in after about 30/40 minutes. If you got in with an NGO then you didn’t have access to as much of the Bella Center as in ...

Clean Energy and Climate Action: A North American Collaboration

This panel is hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Pembina Institute. Guest Speaker are: Jean Charest Greg Selinger Shalini Vajjhala (Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of International Affairs, US Environment Protection Agency) Gabriel Quadri (Director, EcoSecurities, Mexico and Central America) 6:26 – Charest starts off talking about how the sub-national governments are ...

Climate Summit of Mayors

3:00 – well this room is standing room only, the speakers are:Ritt Rjerregaar (Lord Mayor of Copenhagen)Amos Masondo (Johannesburg)Rakesh Mehta (Delhi)Robert Doyle (Melbourne)Marcelo Ebrard (Mexico City)Antoni Villaraigosa (LA)Barbel Dieckmann (Chair of World Mayors)Bertrand Delanoe (Paris)I’m going to apologize in advance, I’m in the back corner so I can’t see the name plates of whoever’s speaking, ...

Gender and Climate Change

Early this afternoon Iceland hosted an interesting session on gender and climate change. The basic thesis of it is that women must be included at the group at the table at all levels because women have different experiences with climate change. Their argument is this is because women make up the largest section of the ...

Green Growth and Green Jobs

While the media’s focus is on the negotiations, a lot of the conference here is about presentations from governments and NGOs on many different environmentally friendly things that have worked when they have been implemented. This morning I attended a seminar put on by the Austrian government who have over the past 10 years been ...

Recap of Day Two

Well after queuing at the Bella Center starting at 4:30 this morning for when registration opened at 8 (I wasn’t even the first one in line) I did make it in today just before 9. While we can’t get in to watch the negotiations taking place there are a lot of side events put on ...

CNN + You Tube Debate

As one of the side events here at COP-15 CNN is hosting what they’re calling a You Tube debate. It will be starting momentarily and I will be liveblogging it then.Alright, massive problems with live blogging on the BB so here it is with edits all in one post.2:00 – apparently these questions have been ...

Live From the Bella Center

Well after yesterdays disaster I lined up before 5, making me 4th in line for when registration opened at 8. I’m now in and registered despite the messed up pass system. Because the UN registered 40,000 delegates and only have capacity for 15,000 for the last 4 days the NGOs have been given what are ...

A Failure in Organisation

Well besides negotiations breaking down at COP-15 so did the registration process for acredited delegates. Registration opened this morning at 8am, I was there at 7:30, there were probably already a couple thousand people ahead of me so I assumed this meant I would be in line for 2 or 3 hours (which was apparently ...

Live From Copenhagen

Well I’ve arrived in Copenhagen for the second week of the UN Climate Change Conference. I will be doing my best to liveblog as much as possible, and I will also be tweeting regularly from my phone. You can find me on twitter at http://twitter.com/viewfromtheleft

I Want a Leader, Not A Follower

Well now we’ve heard that a number of leaders of other countries (including Obama) are going to be in Copenhagen Harper is jumping on the bandwagon and declaring that he too will be going. Instead of trying to take a leadership role on the international stage Harper is simply following along with what everyone else ...